Arizona Supreme Court upholds state's Medicaid expansion law

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The Arizona Supreme Court last week upheld a 2013 state law expanding Medicaid coverage to low-income residents under the Affordable Care Act. Some members of the state legislature claimed that the law’s assessment on hospitals to help pay for the expansion was a tax and therefore unconstitutional because... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Medicaid

AHA recommends CMMI principles, models

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The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation should apply certain principles to all of its projects and models, AHA told the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today, responding to the agency’s request for information on a new direction for the center. AHA members “believe that programs... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Medicaid

CMS announces Medicare premiums and deductibles for CY 2018

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The Medicare Part A deductible for inpatient hospital services will increase by $24 in calendar year 2018, to $1,340, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced Friday. The Part A daily coinsurance amounts will be $335 for days 61-90 of hospitalization in a benefit period; $670 for lifetime... read more

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Tags: Medicare, Medicaid

Trump nominates Azar as HHS secretary

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President Trump today nominated to serve as the next Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, former president of Lilly USA and deputy HHS secretary under the George W. Bush administration. “We welcome the nomination of Alex Azar to be Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services,” said... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Medicaid, leadership

Maine voters approve Medicaid expansion; Ohio drug pricing measure rejected

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Voters in Maine yesterday approved a ballot measure that would allow at least 80,000 low-income Maine residents to qualify for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Maine will be the 33rd state (including D.C.) to expand the program under the ACA. It also is the first state in which voters, not... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicaid, drug prices

Verma outlines vision for Medicaid, waiver review changes

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services plans to approve state Medicaid proposals that promote “community engagement activities” for able-bodied, working-age enrollees, CMS Administrator Seema Verma told attendees at the National Association of State Medicaid Directors’ fall conference today. “These... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Medicaid

Joint Commission updates emergency management standards

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The Joint Commission last week announced updates to its emergency management standards effective Nov.15. Issued in response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 2016 final rule establishing new emergency preparedness requirements for Medicare and Medicaid-participating health care facilities,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Medicaid, disaster readiness, preparedness

House passes Senate's FY 2018 budget resolution

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The House of Representatives today voted 216-212 to approve the Senate’s fiscal 2018 budget resolution, which is designed to provide budget reconciliation protection for a tax code overhaul. Approved by the Senate last week, the resolution would allow up to $1.5 trillion in additional deficits over the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Medicaid, appropriations

AHA shares regulatory relief priorities with CMS

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AHA participated today in a stakeholder listening session hosted by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma to formally launch the agency’s regulatory relief effort. AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack thanked the agency for recent actions to reduce the regulatory burden on... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Medicare, Medicaid, nurses, regulation

Hearing highlights benefits of 340B Drug Pricing Program

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The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations today held a hearing examining how covered entities use the 340B Drug Pricing Program. Established by Congress in 1992, the program mandates that drug manufacturers provide outpatient drugs to eligible health care organizations at... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, Drug Pricing Program, Medicare, Medicaid, drug prices

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